first_imgAnju Sharma, CEO of Gujarat State Disaster ManagementAnju Sharma, CEO of Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority has been appointed as the Principal Secretary in the state Agriculture and Cooperation Department.Manish Bhardwaj, Secretary in Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities Department, has been appointed as the Commissioner of Relief and ex-officio secretary in the Revenue Department. PTI PJT PD NRB RCB RDSlast_img

German FA president confident in Euro bid despite Ozil row

first_imgGerman FA president Reinhard Grindel says he is confident that the recent controversy stemming from Mesut Ozil’s racism allegations will not impact Germany’s Euro 2024 bid.Ozil quit the national team in the wake of this summer’s World Cup disaster that saw Germany fall in the group stage. The Arsenal star cited “racism and disrespect” as the reason behind his international retirement while adding that he felt he had been made a scapegoat for Germany’s failures.Prior to the World Cup, Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, both German internationals of Turkish descent, came under fire for taking a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Gundogan has since said that he and Ozil were singled out following Germany’s defeat and that “the line to racism was partially crossed”.Ozil was also critical of Grindel, saying that, in the FA president’s eyes, the midfielder is “German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose”.Grindel continues to deny the accusations as Germany faces competition from Turkey to host Euro 2024.”Everyone in the DFB and in UEFA knows me very well,” Grindel said, according to Sky Sports.”I have very deep trust that they can put this into perspective, so I think there will be no influence on the bidding process.”Grindel added that his criticism of the photograph stemmed from personal beliefs rather than Ozil’s background.”In the end, it has nothing to do with whether a player of ours has a migration background or not,” Grindel said.”If a German player would, in an election campaign, make a photo with, let’s say, a far right-wing politician in Germany, we would have the same debate and we in the DFB would react in the same way.”We stand at the DFB for values: respect, tolerance, fair play, freedom of speech and freedom of press. This picture with Erdogan upset our fans, because their President Erdogan doesn’t stand for those values.”UEFA is set to announce the host of Euro 2024 in Nyon, Switzerland on September 27.last_img read more

2019 College Football Signee Announces Medical Retirement

first_img “Today I Officially Announce My Retirement From Football Due To Health Problems. I Would Just Like To Say That Football Has Change My Life And Bless Me In Ways I Could Never Imagine. But Now God Has A New Journey For Me,” McBride said on Twitter.Today I Officially Announce My Retirement From Football Due To Health Problems. I Would Just Like To Say That Football Has Change My Life And Bless Me In Ways I Could Never Imagine. But Now God Has A New Journey For Me💯💪🏾. #60Forever— Melvo💸🏈 (@mjmballin) June 12, 2019It’s a tough break for the former top offensive linemen recruit.McBride was the No. 26 offensive guard in the 2019 recruiting class and the No. 16 player from the state of Tennessee. He was the No. 476 recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The Volunteers finished with the No. 12 recruiting class in the country and the No. 7 class in the SEC in 2019. Pruitt appears primed to turn around the Tennessee football program and McBride was set to bolster the offensive line. Generic photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Wednesday morning, a college football signee announced he’s been forced to medically retire from football.Three-star offensive lineman Melvin McBride committed to play football for Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee.However, just a few weeks after enrolling at the university, McBride announced his retirement from the game due to health concerns.Here’s what he had to say about the move:last_img read more

Land Rover Discovery Sport set to get major updates in 2019

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 17:47 IST 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark EditionHIGHLIGHTSDiscovery Sport starts at an introductory price of Rs 44.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).Updated Discovery Sport might use Premium Transverse Architecture.Land Rover had recently launched Discovery Sport Landmark Edition.Land Rover is getting ready to give Discovery Sport major updates this year. The premium SUV, which was introduced as a replacement for Freelander, is facing stiff competition from the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Volvo XC60.According to a report by Autocar India, Land Rover might change the entire D8 platform on which Discovery Sport is based. Notably, Tata Harrier in India also makes use of the same platform. It is expected that the SUV will now use the company’s Premium Transverse Architecture on which Range Rover Evoque is based.It is possible that the company might bring certain changes on the exterior design of Discovery Sport to make it look more bold. The front fascia can be expected to get some tweaks. The upgraded version might sport new headlights and refurbished grille and bumpers.Inside the cabin, Land Rover is expected to provide more luxury with premium upholstery and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system which features in Range Rover Velar.Land Rover Discovery Sport is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The four-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol motor makes 237 bhp of power and churns out 340 Nm of torque. The four-cylinder, 2.0-litre diesel powertrain produces 177 bhp of power and is good for 430 Nm of power. Both the engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.Below is the variant-wise price (ex-showroom, Delhi) list of Land Rover Discovery Sport.Diesel variants– Pure (5 seats): Rs 44.68 lakh– SE (5+2 seats): Rs 52.47 lakh– HSE (5+2 seats): Rs 55.81 lakh– HSE Luxury (5+2 seats): Rs 61.27 lakh– Landmark Edition (5+2 seats): Rs 53.77 lakhadvertisementPetrol variants– SE (5+2 seats): Rs 50.36 lakh– HSE (5+2 seats): Rs 53.75 lakhLand Rover had recently launched Discovery Sport Landmark Edition and Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition. While the former was introduced in India, the latter was a global launch.ALSO READ | Honda CB300R off to a flying start, booked for over three months in just 25 daysALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ciaz to soon get the new 1.5-litre diesel engine, Ertiga and S-Cross also in lineALSO READ | Mahindra Alturas G4 receives 1,000 bookings since launch in November 2018Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Land Rover updateFollow Discovery Sport updateFollow SUV updateFollow 2019 SUV faceliftFollow Land Rover SUV Land Rover Discovery Sport set to get major updates in 2019It is possible that Land Rover might bring certain changes on the exterior design of Discovery Sport to make it look more bold. The front fascia can be expected to get some tweaks.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Pakistan can end World Cup losing streak against India: Inzamam-ul-Haq

first_imgPakistan can end World Cup losing streak against India: Inzamam-ul-HaqInzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector of Pakistan cricket team, backs Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to end the long-standing losing streak against India in World Cups in the upcoming edition of the quadrennial tournament in England.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 16:40 IST India will take on Pakistan in World Cup 2019 match on June 16 in Manchester (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan kick off their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31Pakistan have remained winless in their last 11 ODIsPakistan have never won against India in a World Cup matchPakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is confident that the national team will break its six-match losing streak in the World Cup against India when it takes on the arch-rivals at the mega-event on June 16.Pakistan have never won against India in a World Cup match but the former Test captain feels that they can post a breakthrough victory against the neighbours this time around when the two teams meet at Manchester next month.”People take a Indo-Pak match very seriously and some even go on to say that ‘we will be happy even if only we can win against India during the World Cup’,” said Inzamam.”I’m hopeful that we will end our losing streak against India in World Cup matches,” he told a Pakistan Cricket website.The veteran of 120 Tests, however, said that the World Cup is not just about the match against India, and Pakistan have the potential to beat other sides as well”.Pakistan go into the World Cup having suffered 10 successive ODI defeats and were also beaten by Afghanistan in the warm-up match of the World Cup.Inzamam, who is under-fire in recent times for making late changes in the World Cup squad, spoke about the difficulties of selecting national team and the pressure that comes with it.”People think it is easy to jot down 14-15 players in order to form a squad but it’s nothing like that because there is a lot of pressure. For example it was very difficult for us to select fast-bowlers for the World Cup because there were a lot of good names around including the likes of (Mohammad) Amir, Junaid (Khan) and (Usman Khan) Shinwari,” said the 49-year-old.advertisementDefending the selections of pacers Mohammad Hasnain and Wahab Riaz, Inzamam said: “Like I said before pace of Hasnain, who can touch 150 kph, would add a new dimension to our bowling attack because the rest of the bowlers penetrate only around the 130-140 kph mark.”On threat posed by minnows like Afghanistan during the upcoming tournament, Inzamam said no team should be taken lightly in the World Cup.”I think we should not take any team lightly during the World Cup. Teams like Afghanistan can upset some of the bigger teams. Even if you play, for instance, against Afghanistan or England, you get the same value with two points.”He said it was important to get off to a good start in the World Cup.”Getting off to a good start is important and I think our team has the ability to do that.”Inzamam included Pakistan along side England, India and New Zealand in his list of four semifinalists.”I think England, as they are the number one side in the world, India, because of the balance of their side, New Zealand, as they have played good cricket in the build up to the event, and of course Pakistan will be my final four,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan players can stay with wives but only after India matchAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Inzamam-ul-HaqFollow PakistanFollow Indialast_img read more

Dive In to the Best Beaches and Rum During Your St. Croix Vacation

first_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring Amid one of the worst hurricane seasons in recorded history, 2017 was a rough year for the Caribbean islands. There’s still a long rebuilding process ahead, but many are bouncing back. From Puerto Rico to the British Virgin Islands to the U.S. Virgin Islands, many hotels, restaurants, and guided tours have reopened for business. If you’ve been considering a tropical vacation, now is a fantastic time to go. With stunning beaches, impossibly friendly locals, and the world’s best rum practically flowing from the taps, St. Croix, in particular, might be just what you’re looking for.Things to DoNo spirit is more iconic of the Caribbean than rum. While the two biggest players in the industry get all the love here in the U.S., no distillery embodies the region like Cruzan Rum. Cruzan dates back nearly 200 years and it’s one of the few family-owned distilleries left. A visit to the Frederiksted facility promises free rum (don’t miss the Black Strap expression!) and a fascinating tour that explores the distillery’s inextricable links to the island’s rich history. Plus, the brand is working hard to help rebuild St. Croix through The Island Spirit Fund initiative. For every case of rum sold, Cruzan will donate $1 to local grassroots groups to help with ongoing relief efforts.Exploring Buck Island National Reef Monument is practically required for visitors to St. Croix. It was the nation’s first protected marine monument and is home to a diverse array of marine and land animals. Caribbean Sea Adventures can arrange a proper half- or full-day tour of the massive, 19,000-acre site. Start with a leisurely snorkel tour around the reef, complete with an underwater trail. Then head to Turtle Beach on the island’s western edge. This pristine stretch of white, sugar-soft sand ranks as “one of the world’s best beaches” according to National Geographic. Time your visit right and you’re likely to have it all to yourself.Eat and DrinkAsk a local where they dine for a special night out and the almost universal answer is likely to be Savant. This charming eatery is shoehorned into a tiny stone building with just 20 tables. It’s intimate, romantic, and perfect for a proper date night. The food is an eclectic fusion of Caribbean cuisine with Thai and Mexican influences in a way that just works. The focus is on seafood which is all out of this world, but spring for their house specialty: a portobello and goat cheese-stuffed filet mignon with Jack Daniels oyster cream sauce. The indoor dining room is lovely but ask for a seat in the beautiful, candlelit courtyard around back. Your date will thank you. (Note: This is dinner-only and reservations are encouraged.)Where to StayThe Buccaneer Hotel has been a mainstay for St. Croix tourists since at least the mid-20th century. Its history as a hotel dates back to the 1600’s making it the longest running resort in the Caribbean. Unlike many of the region’s chain resorts that lack any semblance of charm or soul, The Buccaneer offers plenty of Crucian flavor. It’s technically a resort, but it’s just the sort of well-worn, unpretentious accommodations most laid-back beach-going travelers are after. You’ll find all the typical resort amenities including two pools, a spa, a golf course, and tennis courts, but it’s the two beautiful beaches and the open-air restaurant/bar slinging draft Leatherback and well-made Cruzan rum cocktails amid sweeping sea views that you’re paying for. Editors’ Recommendations For Sale: The Stunning Bahamian Island Where Fyre Festival Didn’t Happen 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffeelast_img read more

Concordia Maritime Inks Sale Leaseback for Stena Important

first_imgzoom Swedish tanker shipping company Concordia Maritime has decided to sell its 50,000 dwt IMOIIMAX tanker Stena Important to a Japanese financial institution through a sale and leaseback agreement.Under the transaction the parties agreed to a sale price of USD 36 million. The 2015-built vessel will be chartered back on a bareboat basis for nine years, with a purchase obligation in year nine.Featuring a length of 183 meters and a width of 32 meters, the tanker is scheduled to join its new owner at the end of March.In October 2016, the company inked two sale and leaseback deals for the 158,000 dwt Suezmax tanker Stena Supreme and the IMOIIMAX tanker Stena Image.Under the deal with a Japanese ship owning company, the Stena Supreme was chartered back on a bareboat basis for a period of 12 years, with annual purchase options from year three onwards.While the company’s 50,000 dwt Stena Image was chartered back to Concordia Maritime on a bareboat basis for eight years, with annual purchase options from year four onwards.“Once again, we have successfully conducted a good transaction that creates significant values. Just as with the previous transactions in autumn, this is a way of preparing ourselves for a subdued market situation and the good business opportunities that may arise there,” Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime, said.“We are working actively on the fleet’s structure and disposition, and the leaseback arrangement enables us to continue employing the vessel in the successful Stena Weco pool,” Ullman added.With the agreement, the company said that it is taking a further step into “the interesting Japanese financing market.”Fearnley Securities AS acted as broker and financial advisor to Concordia Maritime for the transaction.last_img read more

UPDATED Fire crews extinguish kitchen fire at Sushi Heaven restaurant

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Fire Department has extinguished a kitchen fire at the Sushi Heaven restaurant this morning.Fire Chief Fred Burrows said firefighters were called out to the restaurant in the plaza next to No Frills in Fort St. John shortly after 7:00 a.m. Wednesday.Burrows said that upon arrival, firefighters discovered light smoke emanating from the restaurant. After entering the restaurant, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the restaurant’s kitchen, while the restaurant itself suffered minor fire damage. Burrows explained that the building’s sprinkler system managed to help contain the fire, but was also activated inside the adjacent No Frills and Dollar Tree stores, causing minor water damage. Burrows explained that staff from both stores are assessing the extent of the water damage caused by the sprinkler system activation, and there’s no word on when either store will reopen. Fire crews at the scene of a fire at the Sushi Heaven restaurant in Fort St. John. Photo by Chris NewtonHe said that the fire investigator is currently conducting their investigation, and while the cause of the fire is currently not known, it is not deemed suspicious.last_img read more

Bribery Commission takes three people to court

The Commission to investigate allegations of Bribery or Corruption today filed cases at the Colombo High Court against three people.Director Investigations Priyantha Chandrasiri said that the cases were filed in relation to two incidents on which investigations have been completed. One case relates to an incident which took place in 2013 where an officer of the Wildlife Conservation Department was accused of obtaining a bribe while another officer of the department assisted him to obtain the bribe.The Wildlife Conservation Department officer had allegedly obtained a Rs. 15,000 bribe. Both officers were later arrested. (Colombo Gazette) read more

After parting with Mark Osiecki Ohio State mens hockey names interim coach

Ohio State has named Steve Rohlik as the interim coach of its men’s hockey team, according to a press release. Rohlik, who served as the Buckeyes’ associate head coach for three seasons, will replace former coach Mark Osiecki, who the university let go Monday. Rohlik said he doesn’t know why Osiecki was fired. “It has been a difficult couple days for everybody. I’m just focusing on my role of getting the players to finish up the semester in the way they need to do and that’s what my focus is on right now,” Rohlik said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday afternoon. Rohlik joined OSU’s staff in 2010 after spending 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth. While he was on staff, the team advanced to two NCAA tournaments, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2004 and the 2009 WCHA playoff title. Rohlik also served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha from 1998-2000. Prior to that, he spent 1991 on the Wisconsin coaching staff. Like Osiecki, Rohlik is a Minnesota native and graduated from Wisconsin. He was a two-time captain for the Badgers’ hockey team, which won a national championship his senior year. Rohlik said he doesn’t know what his salary will be yet. “There’s been nothing like that right now at all,” Rohlik said. “Like I said, I’m just focusing on what my role is right now.” As of Tuesday afternoon, a description of the men’s hockey head coaching position was still available on OSU’s career website. The position’s description had not changed upon the announcement of Rohlik being named interim head coach. read more

Lighty leads Buckeyes in 8970 rout of Fighting Illini

On the shoulders of fifth-year senior forward David Lighty’s 17 second-half points, No. 2 Ohio State (26-2, 13-2 Big Ten) beat Illinois (17-11, 7-8 Big Ten), 89-70, Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center. The Illini hung with the Buckeyes early on and cut the OSU lead to 33-30 after a 3-pointer from senior point guard Demetri McCamey with six minutes to go in the first half. But the Illini scored just two points in the final six minutes as the Buckeyes closed the first 20 minutes on a 14-2 run. The run was capped by a 3-pointer from senior guard Jon Diebler as the half expired and, despite Illinois shooting a blistering 8 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line in the first half, the Buckeyes went to the break with a 47-32 lead. But Illinois, in desperate need of a resume-building win, wasn’t going to go away easy. The Illini started the second half on an 11-2 run and quickly cut the Buckeye lead to 49-43. Then Lighty took over. Although he had struggled in OSU’s last three games, Lighty scored the next 13 OSU points, culminating in a 3-pointer that put the Buckeyes up, 62-45, with less than 12 minutes remaining. Illinois wouldn’t get any closer than nine the rest of the way as OSU pulled away for a 19-point win. Lighty finished with 21 points, four rebounds and six steals. Junior guard William Buford added 17 points and freshman forward Jared Sullinger scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Senior forward Mike Davis led Illinois with 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting. read more

Father caught in Manchester Arena bombing survived bolt in the heart he

first_imgA father who was injured in the Manchester Arena terror attack has told of how he was a millimetre from death after a bolt pierced his heart.Robby Potter, from Prenton in The Wirral, would have died if the bolt had struck just a millimetre to the side of where it landed in his body.Mr Potter was struck as he waited in the lobby with his wife Leonora Ogerio as he waited for his children to come out of the concert. The bolt which almost killed himCredit:BBC News “[The bolt] was wedged between the back wall and the front wall of the two blood vessels, so a millimetre either way at any velocity – and thankfully it didn’t – we wouldn’t be having this conversation in this setting”, Mr Potter explained.Ms Ogerio said: “First question I asked was ‘where is he?’, they said ‘He is in the same hospital’ and I started to cry.”She suffered multiple fractures in each leg, and the two are still in hospital three months on. The bolt which almost killed him His wife was also badly hurt and sedated in hospital – and found out of her husband’s critical state when she woke up. The couple are still recovering He said: “It was like a cloud of mercury exploding – you could see bits of silver everywhere, which was obviously the nuts and bolts he had packed into his bag.”I felt something in my chest and I started running down. I felt a lot more shrapnel hit me … and eventually collapsed and fell on the floor.”The doctor called me a miracle lad. Even after the operation … he said it was still touch and go.”center_img An X Ray of the bolt in his heartCredit:BBC News An X Ray of the bolt in his heart The couple are still recoveringCredit:BBC News He told the BBC of how he came face-to-face with Salman Abedi, the bomber.He said: “I actually looked at the idiot, the bomber, he was only 10 metres away from me. I remember his face to this day”.The father spoke about the moment he saw the bomb go off. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.last_img read more

Dominos releases sneaky Pizza Hero game

first_imgEveryone loves a good video game. There’s nothing like being presented with a visually-appealing challenge — complete with clear sets of objectives, obstacles, and actions. Even if only in your imagination, games can let you become a superhero plumber, a Greek God, the Dark Knight, or a flock of pissed-off birds. Well now you can add minimum wage employee to that list, with the new marketing app Domino’s Pizza Hero for iPad.Let’s be frank: Domino’s Pizza Hero is, first and foremost, a way to sell more pizza. Sure, there is a “game,” complete with levels, a ticking timer, and feedback from your manager, but that’s merely the pizza chain’s way of getting your attention. Once you’re finished “playing,” you’re (blatantly) reminded that you can order that very pizza from your local Domino’s from within the app.With that said, the game portion can be surprisingly fun. While “Domino’s employee” isn’t exactly the first fantasy role most of us would select, the developers have utilized the iPad’s touchscreen well. You’re encouraged to quickly roll out dough into a perfect circle, spread sauce without getting it on the crust, and add just the right amount of cheese. There is even a segment where you have to place pepperoni on markers before the timer runs out.The funniest thing about the app is that your manager is pretty picky about your pizza-making skills during the game portion, but then when you’re making a pizza for a real order, the app suddenly becomes your best friend. If you make a mistake in the game portion, you’re told that you aren’t up to snuff to work in this kitchen and had better improve your skills. If you make the same mistake while preparing a real-life order, it politely offers to fix it for you, and takes you on to the next step. These guys aren’t stupid.Domino’s Pizza Hero makes for a solid casual iPad game, just don’t play it while hungry — you might end up ordering pizza when you weren’t planning on it.Download Pizza Hero from the App Store, via 9to5Maclast_img read more

Over 25000 killed on roads in 3 years

first_imgSource: Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity and ARI, BUETAt least 25,120 people died in road accidents across the country in the past three and a half years.This record suggests 20 people were killed in Bangladesh every day.Another 62,482 people were injured in the road accidents that occured in the three and a half years, according to counting by Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (JKS) and the Accident Research Institute of BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology).Reckless driving and excessive speed of vehicles in commensurate with road conditions were generally assigned as reasons for 90 per cent of the incidents.The study concludes that most of the road crash victims, deceased and injured persons alike, were children, youth, and working force — groups that are considered earning members of the family as well as driving force of the national economy.The two organisations have estimated the annual losses caused by the road crashes at around Tk 400 billion.”The government neglects road safety issue. It does not consider the losses caused by road crashes and traffic congestion a serious national issue,” said Shamsul Hoque, a civil engineering teacher at BUET.He also pointed out that the ministries concerned have neither concerns nor skilled manpower. “The problem cannot be resolved only by passing law. The entire process must be changed.”The government, according to experts, is well informed of the prerequisites for safer roads as pledges were made time and again. The only problem is that the promises are just translated into reality doe to vbested interests, they added.Between January 2015 and June 2018, the country saw as many as 18,732 road accidents, according to JKS study. The frequency of accidents was higher in 2015.The figures of accidents were compiled from reports in 10 national dailies, 6 online dailies along with 6 local ones and several television.Motorcycles were involved in the highest percentage of accidents — 34 of all. The percentage is 27.5 for trucks and covered vans, 25 per cent for buses, and 15 per cent for cars and microbuses, the study analysed.However, the number of casualties is much lower in the records kept by ‘Nirapad Sarak Chai’ or ‘We Demand Safe Road’, an organisation founded by Bangla film actor Ilias Kanchan. It gave the figure at 13,367 deaths and 19,158 injuries in the past three years.More than half (53 per cent) accidents took place due to higher speed, and 37 per cent for reckless driving, the study by ARI explained. It summed up that 90 per cent of the accidents occurred due to reckless driving and excessive speed.BUET’s ARI analyses information of road accidents, taken them from the police who kept records of only the ones, in which there were cases registered, not the ones which were settled through arbitration.The number of deaths is more than double in Dhaka metropolitan areas than the casualties in other major cities, according to ARI analysis. Both population and number of vehicles is much higher in in the capital.As many as 54 risky intersections have been identified for pedestrians in Dhaka.Experts also blamed lack of awareness and engineering faults of the roads for some of the accidents.”The pedestrians die due to engineering faults and lack of awareness,” said Kazi Shifun Newaz, ARI researcher and BUET teacher.”Inadequate zebra crossing, no free space in footpaths, lack of automatic signaling system, and lack of management for pedestrians’ road crossing are among the culprits,” Shifun added.More than 50 per cent (54 per cent) of the victims belongs to 16 to 40 years of age, and 18 per cent is under 15 years, the ARI study found.The country loses 2-3 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) due to accidents.”The expenses, required for ensuring road safety, are actually investments. Increase in investment is required for raising GDP growth. If we invest in ensuring safe road, financial losses caused by accidents will come down and such investments will pay off, for sure,” Mustafizur Rahman, distinguished fellow of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).The government has no accurate data about road accidents since the police that keeps record does not register all the accidents, the study said.The road transport and bridges ministry is undertaking a three-year plan since 1997 and accordingly, seven plans were undertaken so far.Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, general secretary of the passengers rights body Jatri Kalyan Samity, said, “The country is incurring huge losses due to road accidents.””Number of road accidents could be brought down by 90 per cent if proper government programmes is taken. And road accidents will decrease largely if the agitating students’ demands are met,” he concluded.Young students of schools and colleges have been demonstrating for a week since the death of two students as a bus ran over them in the city on 29 July.last_img read more

Google Pixel 2 XL Deal Can Save You up to 400 Very

first_imgGoogle and its retail partners have offered a number of lucrative deals on Pixel 2 and 2 XL. After all, we are always up for a good deal. That’s why today we will tell you about yet another compelling deal on Pixel 2 XL.For the next few hours, you can get $400 off the Google Pixel 2 XL price with a ‘qualified’ Verizon activation. This is one of the biggest discounts ever apart from trade-in affairs and BOGO. To avail this deal from Best Buy and enjoy the Friday Phonedays promo, you just have to sign up for the standard 24-month installment plan of Verizon. You will get a $300 reduction from Big Red directly in bill credits and Best Buy instant savings worth $100.In easier words, you will just be spending around $18.74 every 30 days for a 64GB Pixel 2 XL, or $22.91 every month if you need double the internal storage space. This means paying $450 and $550 respectively instead of the list prices of $850 and $950. You can choose between the between the Black & White or the Just Black models.Owning the Google Pixel 2 XL will mean that you will have more screen real estate to play around with as well as better battery life to experience, not to mention featuring the smoothest version of Google’s Android OS.Check out the Google Pixel 2 XL deal right here. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Sunwing comes back to SeptÎles with Cancun flights

first_img Thursday, August 3, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Sunwing comes back to Sept-Îles with Cancun flights TORONTO — Sunwing’s winter sun service from Sept-Îles, Quebec to Cancun will run Wednesdays from Dec. 13, 2017 to April 11, 2018 inclusive. Sunwing is the only leisure carrier to offer vacation packages departing directly from the Quebec gateway. “We are very pleased to be returning to Sept-Îles this winter to offer sunshine flights to one of our most popular vacation destinations,” said Executive Vice-President of Sunwing Vacations Quebec, Sam Char.One of Cancun’s newest accommodation options, Riu Dunamar, is slated to open later this year. The resort is expected to combine an idyllic setting on Playa Mujeres beach with an array of amenities including the free RiuLand Kids Club.Another popular choice, Viva Wyndham Azteca, offers specialty restaurants, an on-site spa and the Viva Kid’s club.center_img Posted by Tags: Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Hollande refuses to take question on love life

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